With California experiencing its first budget surplus in years, advocacy groups from across the state are visiting Sacramento in hopes of convincing the Legislature to spend those billions instead of putting them into a rainy day fund, as Gov. Jerry Brown would like.
In town for its lobby day is the HHS Network of California, a coalition of health and human services organizations that is calling for the restoration of cuts to the state's social safety net. After a rally at noon on the north steps of the Capitol, members of the group will meet with lawmakers to push for anti-poverty legislation, including a bill from state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, that would authorize state welfare and food stamp benefits for individuals who have been convicted on drug charges.
Slated to join the HHS Network of California at their rally is Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, which is scheduled to meet at 1:30 p.m. in Room 126 of the Capitol.
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SEÑOR GOVERNOR: Brown may be a governor, but he'll play international diplomat today in San Francisco. He meets with the ambassador of Peru, Harold Forsyth, at 10 a.m. to sign an agreement expanding California's partnership with the country, and then at 11 a.m. with Portugal's President Aníbal Cavaco Silva.
EDUCATION LEGISLATION: State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, announces a bill to change the process for dismissing teachers who have been accused of inappropriate conduct with students at 11 a.m. in Room 113 of the Capitol.
DEMOGRAPHIC OUTREACH: The Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus sponsors a roundtable discussion on engaging meaningfully with California's Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities at 10 a.m. in Room 317 of the Capitol. Among the guests is Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of political science at UC Riverside who studies the politics of the AAPI community.
HEALTH CARE TALK: Following a coffee and dessert reception, Stuart Peacock, director of Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control, discusses the economics of health care and setting priorities for services in difficult economic times at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street at 3:30 p.m.